Jack Harvey joins Lotus ART in GP3
British F3 Champion steps up to F1 support series
By William Esler. Last Updated: 17/09/13 1:16pm
British F3 Champion Jack Harvey will step-up to the GP3 Series with Lotus ART in 2013 as the 19-year-old continues his quest to reach F1.
Harvey, who is backed by the Racing Steps Foundation, impressed many with his performances for Carlin in British F3 this season taking nine poles and seven wins on his way to the title.
ART have a fantastic record in GP3 and the Lincolnshire driver will hope to follow in the footsteps of Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez who won the title with the team.
"The relationship with Lotus GP is fantastic and I'm proud to have the opportunity to enter the GP3 Series with them," Harvey said.
"I would like to follow in the steps of another Racing Steps Foundation-backed Lotus GP driver, my fellow countryman James Calado, who was GP3 runner-up in 2010. We learned a lot during testing and coming to grips with the new tyres will be very important.
"I am looking forward to the challenge of being in GP3 and especially with Lotus GP, because the team has a great heritage. If I work the right way and have a good approach, I too should be able to climb the ladder like other great drivers who have joined forces with Lotus GP in the past. Our aim has to be to push for the championship."
Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur added: "Jack is the latest Racing Steps Foundation driver to join forces with Lotus GP and I have to say our relationship with the RSF is extremely positive and productive and I already know Jack to be a proud representative of this strong partnership.
"Despite his young age, Jack's achievements and personality convinced us he has all the qualities needed to succeed in the GP3 Series, where our aim in 2013 will be to return to the first place we lost in the drivers' championship last year after two consecutive titles with Esteban Gutiérrez and Valtteri Bottas."
The team also announced their GP2 outfit would retain the services of Calado for another season in the F1 feeder series.
"I am absolutely delighted to receive the ongoing backing from the RSF that enables me to take part in this incredibly competitive championship again and even more so to do it with Lotus GP again," the 23-year-old said.
"I feel privileged to be a part of this project and to have the support of great partners without whom none of this would be possible. In terms of speed, we showed in 2012 that we were right up there with pole positions and a couple of wins.
"Now I know the car, the tyres, and the team I'm expecting to be fast and to win as many races as possible. I'm looking forward to 2013 and I hope I'll improve after such a good year in 2012."